Choosing a Metal

Once you have chosen the perfect diamond, you will want to consider how it can be best displayed.

If you choose platinum for you engagement ring, you should make sure it has "900plat" (or "950 Plat") stamp; this means that the metal is 90% (or 95%) pure.

  • The precious metal you choose for the setting will impact the price, the look and even the feel of the ring. While different metals can be found in other types ofjewelery, most engagement rings are made of either platinum, gold or palladium.

24 carat gold (24k) is 100% pure gold - it is not alloyed with any other metals.18k gold is 75% pure. 14k gold is 58.3% pure. and 10k gold (the lowest legal amount)is 41.7% pure.


  • Exceptionally pure and hard, palladium is hypoallergenic and will not tarnish.
  • Casting alloys are typically 95% pure palladium in the US market.
  • Because of its light weight and lower metal price, Palladium is an affordable metal.
  • Palladium is a durable metal with higher wear resistance than 14K white gold.


  • With its smooth, bright, naturally white luster, this fashionable metal is emerging as a popular choice for engagement and wedding rings.


  • In the current market, palladium is less expensive than platinum or gold.
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